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today. the pontiff touched on political themes as well, calling for peace in syria and appealing to italians to embrace the spirit of cooperation in upcoming elections. >> tens of thousands of people showed up in st. peter's square to hear benedict's message, and millions to and in worldwide. >> tens of thousands of people turned out to hear the pope's christmas message. the square erupted in applause as the pontiff stepped out to address the crowd. he revisited one of the themes of his christmas eve message -- the wish for peace in the middle east. turning and i to syria, he called for an end to the conflict -- turning an eye to syria. the pope appealed to those responsible to stop the bloodshed and slaughter of innocent people. he called for dialogue in order to find a political solution to the conflict. the pope then delivered a christmas message in 65 languages. >> remind the world that true happiness lies in their hearts with hope and joy, for the savior has been born for us. >> for many in the audience, hearing the message in their own language was an obvious highlight. the
's request for the deployment of patriot anti-missile systems to areas along its border with syria. turkey wants the patriots to help it intercept street fire from syria's civil war. >> the alliance has also expressed its grave concern of reports that syria may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebel forces. the statement echoes a strong warning issued by u.s. president barack obama on monday. >> more than 40,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in march 2011. here's a look at what the alliance's defense will look like on turkey's border to syria. >> it is designed to detect, intercept, and hit an enemy missile. there are batteries like these stationed in germany. some could be deployed to turkey within weeks. berlin is calling it a legitimate request from a nato ally. >> turkey has already been hit by cross-border mortar fire from syria, so it is understandable that turkey is holon and has asked the alliance for a sign of solidarity. refusing that request would have profound implications for the alliance and send the wrong signal to the regime of president assad
of attacks on a town in syria house left at least 125 people dead. with the bombings in a village and they say the attacks may have been revenge strikes against the community. president assaad said their members of the small but influential minority in the country. venezuelan president hugo chavez is in cuba preparing to undergo cancer surgery. he has named as vice president of his political successor if he dies or is incapacitated. >> this is the fourth round of surgery since he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. the socialist leader was reelected in october. he has kept secret what kind of cancer he has and how serious it is. meanwhile, former south african president nelson mandela is spending a fourth day in the hospital due to a minor infection. >> the anti-apartheid leader was taken to a clinic near victoria. they diagnosed him with a recurrence of a lung infection. mandela has needed regular treatment in recent years causing fears among some africans over his deteriorating condition. health conditions have caused the 94 year-old to withdraw increasingly from public appearanc
to send patriot missiles to turkey's border with syria. a shooting at a school in the united states -- 27 people reported dead. most of them children. >> it happened friday morning at an elementary school in the state of connecticut. a parent inside the school at the time reports hearing was sounded like at least 100 rounds being fired. >> this is the scene at sandy hook elementary school. sources saying the suspect is also among the dead and that the body is in a classroom at the school. police say they have recovered two weapons from the suspect. the students kindergarten through fourth graders were all evacuated to a nearby fire station. all schools in the area are under lock down right now. >> law enforcement officials has -- have confirmed the shooter has been found dead inside the school building. >> officials say the scene of the shooting is now secure. >> there were several fatalities at the scene, both students and staff. the shooter is deceased inside the building. >> the governor took a call from president obama a little while ago, who was calling to express his condolences and
kidnappers in syria, but many journalists have not been so lucky. >> the civil war in syria has made it the world's most dangerous place for journalists. at least 17 reporters and 44 blockers were killed there in 2012. the japanese journalist was one of them, killed in april during a clash between government troops and protesters. -- 17 reporters and 44 bloggers. both the assad regime and the opposition have silence -- have used violence to silence reporters. total of 88 journalists were killed worldwide this year, 1/3 more than last year. the most dangerous countries were syria, followed by somalia, pakistan, mexico, and brazil. in mexico, the drug wars between the cartels and the state continue to escalate, and journalists are often caught up in the crossfire. six reporters were killed for attempting to report on the drug trade, corruption, or human rights violations. >> egyptians go to the polls on saturday in a second round of voting on a draft constitution. opposition parties have been protesting against president morsi and his muslim brotherhood. democratic say it promotes an i
expelled people from the syrian embassy, part of a move to -- >> syria pass -- syria's ambassador was expelled in may. they believe the regime may soon collapse. germany has yet to recognize the opposition national coalition as the sole legitimate recognition -- representative of the syrian people. the political unrest in egypt is showing no signs of dying down. egyptian president mohamed morsi has given the military order to maintain security and protect the state institutions in the run-up to the referendum on a new constitution. the army has also been given the power of arrest. >> this comes as the country braces for more mass protests by all of it -- by opposition groups. president morsi lifted the decree expanding his presidential powers, but that has done little to calm the political unrest. and these soldiers stationed outside the political palace have new powers. >> the egyptian military now has the right to arrest civilians. another setback for the protesters camped out here day and night. president morsi has another decree -- has been told the decree giving him sweeping
taken in. the conflict in syria, afghanistan, and iraq have led to a spike in their numbers. >> amnesty says that even if budgets are tight, europe needs to do more. >> fugitives from north africa headed for europe. the eu cozy for the agencyhas discovered the boat, but it does not mean they will provide assistance. many vessels are forced to turn around, and many could die. amnesty international criticizes the actions. >> they need to respect human rights more. time and again, people die because they are trying to reach a europe with boats that are not seaworthy. there is no cooperation between the states, but this would also be a task force context, but human rights violations are also taking place within the european union. despite anti-discrimination laws, they have little access to education or public services in several european countries. >> we need more than just words from the e you. brussels can launch proceedings over treaty violations and holds member states to account this way and other areas, but so far, not over discrimination a menorahs. >> amnesty international neverthe
defects as rebels say they are making gains in some parts of syria. >> ceremonies being held in several asian countries to remember the victims of the deadly 2004 tsunami. >> we took a look at a mexican priest who set up a shelter for migrants seeking their fortune in the united states. >> fresh attempts are being made to find a diplomatic solution to end the syrian conflict. the syrian foreign minister has reportedly flown to moscow to discuss these proposals by the united nations envoy. >> meanwhile, activists say at least 20 people, many of them children, have been killed by government shelling in the north of the country, and in a setback for the government, the country's military police chief has defected. then he says he felt the army was no longer acting in the interests of the syrian people. >> the officer in this video identifies himself as the head of the military police. he says the syrian army is not protecting a country. instead, it is destroying cities and committing massacres against unarmed civilians. his defection is another blow to the regime, which is trying to contai
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